Hockey

Arthur van Doren

"I'm addicted to the process of getting better"

Facts & Stats

  • Date of birth
    September 30, 1994
  • Birthplace
    Antwerp
  • Nationality
    Belgium
    Belgium
  • Career start
    2011
  • Discipline
    • Fieldhockey

Biography

A talented and experienced defender, Arthur van Doren is one of the stars of the hugely successful Belgian national hockey side.

Arthur Van Doren grew up playing different sports, but it was ultimately the hockey field that won his heart. He started his career at KHC Dragons in Belgium, where he played until the age of 23. He was all the rage in all the youth teams, until he was called up to the first team in 2010 at the age of just 15. From that point on, his focus was entirely focused on hockey and his career took off.

Barely two years later, Arthur was playing with the Belgian national hockey team, something he says is due to being surrounded by talented and experienced players from an early age. "It made me the player I am today," he says. "I always like to develop myself further in such an environment and to work with talented and ambitious people."

KHC Dragons will always hold a special place in Arthur's heart, but he felt it was time to take the next step. He joined the ranks of HC Bloemendaal, a Dutch team with a long history and a renowned thirst for victory.

Arthur was also very ambitious with the national hockey team: "We felt from the start that we had the chance to win big tournaments, even if we were only ninth in the world ranking. We trained harder to really give ourselves the best possible chance. There have been tournaments where it's come close and we've learned a lot at the highest level. At the end of 2018, we finally became world champions."

Arthur also won the national title in 2019 with HC Bloemendaal and, building on their world title, the Belgian team won the European Championship and the Olympic title in 2021.